Recover Lost and Stolen Documents

Missing Presidential Pardons of Ulysses S. Grant

Eighteenth President of the United States, 1869–1877

The following pardons were stolen from the National Archives-Philadelphia by  Shawn Aubitz in 2002. They were signed by the President of the United States, then docketed and filed by a U.S. District Court in the mid-Atlantic Region.  These are not the Presidential Authority to the Secretary of State to Affix the Seal to a Warrant for Pardon.

Pardoned: Anna M. Blaklock on May 3, 1871

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
Blaklock was convicted of conspiring to defraud the government. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Daniel Collins on August 21, 1875

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Collins was convicted of retailing liquor without paying the required special tax. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of State William Hunter.

Pardoned: Lewis Dorsey on July 15, 1876

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Dorsey was convicted of larceny. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: William H. Hooper on October 11, 1873

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Hooper was charged with a violation of the act to authorize the appointment of shipping commissioners, in default of payment of which he is now in default. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Jane Irvin on October 5, 1872

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Irvin was convicted of presenting a false claim for bounty. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Ezekiel Jones on June 2, 1876

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Jones was convicted of defrauding the United States of the tax on distilled spirits. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of State John L. Cadwalader.

Pardoned: Patrick Mahan on December 22, 1875

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Mahan was convicted of retailing liquor without paying the required special tax. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of State William Hunter.

Pardoned: John J. Stoner (or Toner) and Archibald McKinley on October 19, 1870

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Stoner (Tower) and McKinley were convicted of illicit distilling. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Benjamin Frank Moody on August 6, 1875

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Moody was convicted of maltreating seamen on the high seas. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of State John. L. Cadwalader.

Pardoned: Albert A. Neale on November 11, 1871

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Neale pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with carrying on the business of a whole sale and retail dealer in liquor without paying the required special tax therefor. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: William D. Nolan on December 11, 1876

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Nolan was convicted of embezzlement while Collector of Customs at the State Port of Wilmington in said state. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Samuel Sproul on November 13, 1875

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Sproul was convicted of passing counterfeit money. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.

Pardoned: Henry Willis (aka Henry Wells) on August 7, 1871

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Willis was convicted of importing cigars contrary to the law. Signed by President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of State J.C. Bancroft Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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